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Please tell me how long it takes for to diagnose cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Few days: When the system works, the physician finds a suspicious mass, takes a bit of the mass and sends it to the lab, and the pathologist (a physician like me who focuses on this sort of thing) makes the diagnosis of cancer. The exact type of cancer will be subject to some fancy pathology studies nowadays, but the whole process should be fast.

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Help please? How long does it take to get cancer from dipping tobacco?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Good question: But the problem is nobody can answer for sure. I guess it would require exposure for a few years but remember that cancer is seldom a one hit deal, a person may have predisposing factors that could lead to cancer with shorter exposure. Since you can't know for sure, why risk it? If you dip, quit right away. If you don't, stay that way. Spittin' in a can is kind of nasty anyways....Ugh.

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